Woodside Energy has commissioned the Pluto domestic gas pipeline by supplying first gas to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP) in Western Australia.
The DBNGP stretches almost 1600 kilometres, linking the gas fields in the Carnarvon Basin off the Pilbara coast directly to mining, industrial and commercial customers.
The Pluto gas pipeline now forms part of Woodside’s domestic gas supply portfolio, alongside the company’s main domestic gas facility, the North West Shelf.
Pluto LNG will supply additional gas in early 2019 as it commissions its trucking facility.
Gas infrastructure at Pluto will be expanded as part of the proposed Pluto Train 2 project, with a final investment decision targeted for completion in 2020.
The second train will have a targeted capacity of 4–5 million tonnes per year to facilitate the development of the 7.3 trillion cubic feet undeveloped gas resource from the Scarborough gas field.
Woodside vice president for Pluto, Mike Price, said the successful commissioning of the Pluto pipeline was the first step toward the company’s development of diverse domestic gas supply options at the Pluto LNG site.
“Start-up of Pluto pipeline gas, along with the planned commencement of Pluto domestic trucked LNG in 2019, demonstrates Woodside’s commitment to delivering domestic gas from Pluto,” Price said.
The Pluto facility was producing at near capacity of 25 terajoules per day during its commissioning activities.